Akunitan were one of the lesser known but very striking styles of prestige male dress in mid 20th century Ghana, these dramatic motifs were machine embroidered onto imported wool cloth. Very finely made akunitan cloth with motifs that include a rooster, snake, airplane, royal stool, etc. The cloth is in excellent condition and dates to around 1960. The motifs, like much Akan art, allude to proverbs and royal imagery.
Measures 79.5" x 120"
Each textile is a completely one of a kind piece. They are hand woven with care and expert technique from artisans new and old. Minor irregularities, mild discolouration, or imperfections are to be expected due to the hand made nature of each piece, and we embrace these minor differences when they appear as part of the unique beauty that makes each woven work something irreplaceable.
We find a variety of uses for the hand woven textiles in our daily lives. The same piece we might display hanging on a wall or a dowel as a work of art, we would take down to let our babies play upon. A piece might live draped over a bed or on a living room chair for decoration, or we may wrap ourselves in it to protect us from sun or keep us dry. There is no wrong answer. We hope you find ways to incorporate these beautiful, colourful pieces into your life in whichever way works best for you.